THE UK BLOG SOUND OF 2014 POLL WINNERS REVEALED
And as ever we find ourselves feeling slightly haunted by the vague whiff of disappointment, not as bad as last years winners though, (Haim) which was so predictable and yet so devoid of anything approaching originality, charm or guile. But David Cameron is a fan, we imagine Jeremy Clarkeson would be a fan too, as he thunders down country lanes in his prick mobile like a modern day Toad Of Toad Hall roaring “Speed Limits? They’re for homosexuals and Johnny Foreigner right ?! ” And in some small way feels this compensates for having no actual knob. Yes it really was the sort of music that will doubtless one day appear on a Top Gear CD compilation. But hey it was “fun” music right? Erm actually no, that would very much depend on your definition of ‘fun’ and fun, rather like “banter” is oft the label used to excuse the inexcusable.
However let us not dwell on the darkness of last years vote because on the plus side we do genuinely like Marika Hackman who emerged in 2012 with her début single ‘You Come Down’ (but she seems to have been around a lot longer than that!) the other two artists in the list have left us feeling decidedly ‘meh.’ No Wolf Alice, no Blessa , no Findlay … tis madness I tell thee !
Joint Winner : Marika Hackman
Joint Winner : Banks
( sounding very ‘on trend’ but not my cuppa at all, more like musical Horlicks in fact ) – Apparently she was the 9th most blogged artist by UK based Hype Machine listed bloggers in 2013. But not by us.
Runner Up – Sivu
(ok so they were on the Blog Sound long list, but I’d have bet my bottom dollar on them being top 3)
The UK Blog Sound of 2014 is a poll of 59 UK based music bloggers. It asked them to each vote for their three favourite emerging artists. This is the third year the poll has taken place and for the first time two artists have tied for equal first place, each receiving an identical number of votes. Congratulations to Marika Hackman and Banks. Singer songwriter Sivu came third.
The UK Blog Sound of 2014 is a poll designed to compliment the BBC Sound of poll and is voted for only by UK music blogs. This year 139 acts received at least 1 vote from the 59 participating blogs, the vast majority of the 139 receiving just 1 solitary vote. Of the 15 acts on the BBC Sound of list 7 of them failed to secure a single vote from UK Blog Sound voters. It was organised by Robin Seamer of Breaking More Waves with assistance and graphics from Andy Von Pip (the VPME) wearing his best pencil skirt.
17 Seconds, A Pocket Full Of Seeds, All Noise, Alphabet Bands, Beat Surrender, Both Bars On, Brapscallions, Breaking More Waves, Brighton Music Blog, Cat From Japan, Daisy Digital, Details Of My Life, Don’t Watch Me Dancing, Dots and Dashes, Drunken Werewolf, Eaten By Monsters, Echoes and Dust, Electronic Rumours, Faded Glamour, God Is In The TV, Gold Flake Paint, Hearty Vibes, I Love Pie, In Love Not Limbo, Just Music That I Like, Killing Moon, Like 1999, Little Indie Blogs, Love Music : Love Life, Music Broke My Bones, Music Liberation, Music Like Dirt, My Band’s Better Than Your Band, My Day By Day Music, Not Many Experts, Peenko, Pop Dodger, Repeat Button, Scientists Of Sound, Scottish Fiction, Skeletory, Sleep In Music, Some Of It Is True, Sound Influx, Sounds Good To Me, Sounds Of Now Music, Sweeping The Nation, The Blue Walrus, The Devil Has The Best Tuna, The Electricity Club, The Evening’s Empire, The Mad Mackerel, The Metaphorical Boat, The Sound Of Confusion, The Underclassed, The VPME, This Must Be Pop, Thoughts On Music, When The Gramophone Rings